New updated RPS Hospital Pharmacy Standards

These new Standards replace the 2014 version and are applicable across acute hospital, mental health, private, community service, prison, hospice and ambulance settings in Great Britain.

The brand new updated RPS Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services are now available. The document replaces the 2014 version and provides a framework to improve current services, shape future services and roles and deliver safer, high quality patient care.

Applicable across acute hospital, mental health, private, community service, prison, hospice and ambulance settings in Great Britain, the new Standards have been developed in accordance with the NICE accreditation process, the gold standard of guidance production. 

The eight standards were produced through an extensive consultation and strong cross-sectoral engagement with the profession, multidisciplinary teams and patients. 

Steering Group member Jatinder Harchowal, Chief Pharmacist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust said:

“The overriding aim of the standards is to enable patients to experience a consistent quality of service from within and across healthcare providers that protects them from incidents of avoidable harm and enables them to get the best outcomes from their medicines.  They also help deliver the safe, effective management of medicines within and across organisations.”

Supporting resources include an updated Professional Standards Handbook which shows where a standard refers to relevant legal frameworks and the core standards required by regulators, and provides links to supporting resources that can assist with implementation. A presentation on the Standards helps explain them to key stakeholders such as hospital teams, Chief Executives and Boards and case studies of how the standards are being used in practice supplement this.

In addition, the RPS Hospital Expert Advisory Group has developed a consensus on definitions for benchmarking metrics to enable acute hospitals to collect data in a consistent way to enable benchmarking of performance.

“We’d really like to hear from people who use the Standards to find out how they have implemented them to find gaps in their services or improve patient safety,” said Rob Duncombe, Chair of the group.  “Please get in touch with [email protected] so we can share best practice together.”


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